R | | Drama, War
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
When Tom Hanks' character tells the rest of the unit what he does for a living back home, Hanks' speech was much longer in the original script. But Hanks felt that his character wouldn't have said so much about himself, and he told director Steven Spielberg so. Spielberg ... ...
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When Capt Miller and company arrive at Neuville, Capt Miller uses the challenge sign/countersign to identify the troops on the other side of the wall. The Capt says "Thunder" to which the friendly soldier replies, "Flash". This is however backwards. Flash/Thunder was used by US troops during D-Day to identify each other on the battlefield. For the challenge sign "Flash" a soldier being challenged would respond with the word "Thunder". The word "Thunder" was used because the German language does not contain the "th-" sound that English does. This would make it difficult for the average German soldier to respond to the challenge sign correctly in an effort to draw out US soldiers from their cover.
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English, French, German, Czech
$30,576,104 (USA) (26 July 1998)
$216,540,909 (USA) (15 June 2012)
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